Social media tools for legal research gathering

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for the CBA Research Lawyers South section, November 18, 2009

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  • 1. Social media tools (blogs, wikis and Twitter) as an aid to gathering research resources Shaunna Mireau Field LLP November 18, 2009

2. Research Process

  • Web is just one more place to look
    • Is it a text
    • Is it a journal
    • Is it the CED
  • Anton pillar example
  • Great for the how
  • Sometimes great for the what

3. One more place text?

  • When is a web page like a text
    • Table of contents
    • Footnotes
    • Index
    • Substantive material
    • Expert author
    • Long

4. Legal Texts online for free 5. Legal Texts online for free 6. Wikipedia 7. One more place journal?

  • When is a web page like a journal
    • Articles
    • Cites to other sources
    • Legal case report
    • Commentary

8. theCourt.ca 9. Slaw.ca 10. LLRX 11. JDSupra 12. SSRN 13. Canadian Law Blogs list 14. Canadian Law Blogs 15. One more place CED?

  • When is a web page like an encyclopedia
    • Black letter law statements supported by citations infootnotes

16. Twitter 17. Anton Pillar

  • Google vs a text as a starting point?

18. Great for the LATEST how

  • Social media offers the latest word about innovations
    • Google Scholar forlegal research
    • Within 4 hours of seeing this there was a substantive, what that means to canadian lawyers post athttp://www.slaw.ca/2009/11/17/google-embarks-on-legal-publishing/

19. Great for the what

  • What is an anton pillar order?
    • Not just web
    • Blogs
    • Scholar

20. Customize your world 21.